Why have supplements endorsed by the Chinese government been appearing in New Zealand and Australian newspapers? And is there cause for concern?
A supplement distributed inThe Dominion Postand several Australian newspapers last week was the result of a series of deals which an academic says are “a victory for Chinese propaganda“.
The eight-page supplement calledChina Watchappeared in last Tuesday’s edition of the Fairfax Media-ownedDominion Postand, a few days later, in Fairfax’s Australian papers. It was prepared byChina Daily, a state-run English language newspaper in the People’s Republic of China.
China Watch,which featured head of the Communist Party of China’s central publicity department Liu Qibao on the cover, took the Chinese government’s stance in an article strongly criticising the Philippines over a long-standing dispute with China over the South China Sea.
It’s no coincidence that Chinese state-owned media companies and Australian outlets, including Fairfax, had just signed agreements in Sydney.
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